A display case in a small museum in the capitol building held the taxidermic body of Old Abe. On a bitterly cold night in February 1904, it burned.
At the turn of the 20th century, new research in the field of astronomy saw the development of large telescopes like the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay.
The Babcock butterfat test, developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1890, transformed the US dairy industry and helped Wisconsin become the Dairy State.
Nineteenth-century declines in wheat production, combined with new agricultural technologies like silos and Babcock testers, ensured Wisconsin would become the leading dairy producer in the nation by 1915.
Pop open a bottle from the old Cassel Soda Company and you’ll find surprising stories about Prohibition, Milwaukee’s resort towns, and urbanization in early-1900s Wisconsin.
Changing ideas about human health in the late nineteenth century saw medical experts slowly abandon humoral theory and accompanying practices like cupping.
A Civil War veteran, Dr. James T. Reeve of Appleton, Wisconsin, practiced medical cupping.
As maritime commerce grew in the early 19th century, loss of vessels and crews to shipwreck increased, prompting federal investment in lifesaving across the country.
Kander was “the Jane Addams of Milwaukee”–a social reformer who wanted Jewish immigrants to Wisconsin to become more American.
From beaver trapping in the 1600s to fox farming in the 1930s, fashion has always ruled the fur industry.
One of Wisconsin’s most avid collectors, Frank Duchateau donated his trove of over 12,000 artifacts to the Neville Public Museum of Brown County.
In the decades after the Civil War, Old Abe toured around the country, entertaining veterans and evoking pride in the Republican Party.